Dunsborough Primary School’s vegetable garden has received a complete makeover with the help of local business Soils Aint Soils. The business delivered soil, various seedlings and even gardening tools. Students have been enjoying getting their hands dirty planting a whole new crop of winter vegetables and herbs. Chelsea and Jan, from Soils Ain’t Soils, have been getting involved with the students, teaching them about perfect growing conditions, spotting weeds and developing nutrient-rich soil, to grow the healthiest vegetables this year. As part of the school’s long-running and highly successful sustainability focus, the vegetable garden provides produce for the canteen and the newly planted crops allow students to develop an understanding of farm-to-plate food production. The vegetable garden classes are for students from kindy to Year 6, with each class being allocated a patch to research, plant and harvest. The initiative also allows students from different grades to bond as the older kids have been allocated buddies to do the tasks with. “With my buddy, I planted basil and dug holes for other people, I like learning about planting and stuff,” Year 1 student Coen said. The school also has a well-established chicken coop and composting station, which complement the garden, and food scraps are collected daily to ensure the school produces minimal waste. “Caring for the chickens teaches us to be responsible and connect to nature. It’s really fun to pick them up and collect their eggs,” Year 4 student Olive said. The Year 1s are learning about worm farming as part of their biological sciences unit, they collect their food scraps to feed the worms and collect the juice and castings, ready to be used in the vegetable garden. “I really like feeding the wiggly worms bananas,” Coco from Year 1 said.